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Thursday, May 23, 2024

A world of Richard Nixon, B.F. Skinner and Chuck Manson

Peter Gent is one of the great overlooked political writers of the 20th century.

That’s probably because his novels weren’t outwardly about politics; Gent wrote about big-time college and professional sports from the perspective of someone who knew. He had been a successful basketball player at Michigan State University and played five years of pro football for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s.

His first and best-known book, “North Dallas Forty,” was a thinly disguised autobiography of his own experience with the team, which was basically run like a fascist organization.

The reason I mention him now — in a political blog — is a passage I recently reread that says so much about the country we were becoming even in 1973.

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Joe Lieberman had a man crush on McCain and Obama knows it

Updated 11/23/08: On the term “man crush”. This phrase gained some popularity in 2005. And guess who the example was? (Read this article – it’s about Lieberman and…. BUSH.)

More on Joe Lieberman: I’m especially glad I wrote what I did last week (below) now that the good senator couldn’t bring himself to say the simple words “I’m sorry” about his attacks against Obama when he was on Meet the Press today.

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It is 4:29 am and the fuzz is coming off along with the sleep-shut eyes.

Often, early in the morning, before my brain is cluttered with the necessities of life, I think of things that were out there lurking in the shadows, hoping to be discovered.

Today’s brilliance is: “Maybe Pelozi took Impeachment off the table because she knew that Bush would pardon Cheney and/or Cheney would pardon Bush.

Oh, fantasies of the early morn…a Post-Term trial for murder and treason being ON THE TABLE!!!!

Can dreams come true???

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It’s time to change the civil servant law

To Whom it may Concern in the Newly elected Congress & Obama administration……


Political Positions Shifted To Career Civil Service Jobs

Just weeks before leaving office, the Interior Department’s top lawyer has shifted half a dozen key deputies — including two former political appointees who have been involved in controversial environmental decisions — into senior civil service posts.

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Absolute Power

The Republicans, over the past eight nightmarish years of the Bush Administration, have been busily ceding power to the executive branch. Republicans, from 2000 through at least 2006, when they finally lost control of Congress, showed their true colors regarding smaller, less intrusive government. That is, they never had any intention of shrinking government and getting it out of the wallets and the bedrooms of the people. Quite the opposite; with the excuse of September 11, the President was either granted, or simply grabbed, powers far beyond what the Constitution allows.

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Should Congress bail out the auto industry?

Senate Democrats took the first step toward bailing out the nation’s crippled auto industry on Monday by proposing a $25 billion loan program, a plan that faces stiff political headwinds with millions of jobs potentially riding on the outcome.

With the year’s congressional calendar down to a few days, lawmakers and the Bush administration sparred over the best way to extend help to General Motors Corp, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler LLC.

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McCain, Obama pledge to work together

The bitter general election campaign behind them, President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are seeking common ground on a range of issues in hopes of engendering greater bipartisan cooperation in Washington.

The erstwhile rivals met for 40 minutes at Obama’s transition headquarters Monday to discuss possible collaboration on climate change, immigration, Guantanamo Bay and more.

It was their first meeting since Nov. 4, when Obama vanquished McCain in an electoral landslide. Last Thursday, Obama reached out to another former competitor, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom he is considering as a possible secretary of state.

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Heading for isolation

Inexorably, the cocoon that Barack Obama will live in for the next four or eight years is tightening around him.

Already in Chicago there are concrete barriers around his house. The streets in the immediate neighborhood are closed to outside traffic. Worshippers at a nearby synagogue must go through metal detectors. And would-be renters in the neighborhood have to be cleared by the Secret Service. He no longer goes to the barber; the barber goes to him. And he travels in an armored limousine in a red-light-running motorcade.

And the cocoon will only get tighter.

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A big reward for screwing up

This could only happen in America.

The insurance giant AIG that is more than a little responsible for the current economic crisis reportedly has decided to lay out $503 million of early deferred compensation to top employees so they won’t abandon a ship that is being kept afloat only by billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars.

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Private school may be the only choice

The moment president-elect Barack Obama and our new first lady began to shop around Washington, D.C., for a private school for daughters Malia and Sasha, proponents of school choice already had their eyebrows well prepared for elevation.

Columnist Cal Thomas commends the Obamas for resisting potential pressure from teachers unions to place their kids in one of Washington’s "miserable" public schools. But he criticizes them for exercising a choice that — he says — they’re willing to deny to millions of Americans who don’t have enough money to send their own kids to private schools.

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